Ohrid

City of Ohrid above the Lake.

Ohrid becomes an online course focused on the city’s natural, historical, cultural, and mostly architectural values. The Lake Ohrid region, a mixed World Heritage, is inscribed at UNESCO’s list for its natural conservation values since 1979. A year later, the city is recognized for its cultural heritage values, stemming from a combination of its well-preserved historic urban ensemble. In this regard, the learners of this course will have the chance to connect with the city’s architectural history. The preservation of the city’s image through acknowledging its various urban and structural components becomes apparent in the featured lessons.

Teaching objectives

Learners are expected to:

  • enrich their cognitive and spatial background regarding the city and to understand its architectural dimension,
  • connect the urban and architectural phenomenon with the historical, social and cultural environment in which it develops,
  • understand the various aspects and approaches to the issue of preservation, reflect on, and take a stand on it,
  • express themselves orally by connecting their observation, researching, and interviewing skills,
  • cultivate skills of exploration, cooperation and critical observation,
  • be aware of the difficulties and problems of preserving tangible heritage.

Educational level

6th grade and above

Indicative thematic classification

Architecture > Cultural Heritage > Ohrid city

Interactivity type

active learning

Interactivity level

very high

1. A World Heritage city

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Environmental and natural values

This lesson is an introduction to the environmental and natural values of Ohrid. It displays the natural and cultural heritage significance of the settlement to the region, and why it should be preserved.

2
Historical values

This lesson deepens the introduction to the historical values of the city. It tries to present the archaeological sites interactively through a virtual and real tour activity.

3
Historic city phases

This lesson constitutes an approach for students to identify the different historic layers of the city through a virtual tour game. The game and the following activities provide a way to observe, identify, and select items of representative places (landmarks) of the city that complete the "historical puzzle" of Ohrid.

4
Gathered information Quiz
6 questions

This is a quiz to reflect on the information gathered during the previous lectures.

5
More sources

In this subsection, and in each other with the same indication, bibliographic and other online sources are listed as well as suggestions for further investigation and reasoning.

2. Our city

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Inside the town

This lesson provides the learner with the basic types of town buildings. Through virtual 360° views and interactive games about the city's various architectural styles and buildings' typology, the learner can identify the diverse urban fabric of Ohrid.

2
Inside the buildings

This lesson deepens into the basic types of residential buildings. Through virtual 360° tours and mini-interactive games, the learner can explore the various structural units of two representative residential buildings, to better acquire their purpose and functionality.

3
Glossary

This lesson is a recap of the terms of buildings' typology accessed so far in a playful manner.

4
More sources

In this subsection, and in each other with the same indication, bibliographic and other online sources are listed as well as suggestions for further investigation and reasoning.

3. Our environment and buildings

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Environment and building materials

This lesson intends to deepen the learner to Ohrid's building materials to facilitate connections with the city's wider environment by a summing up, mini-activity game.

2
Buildings pathology

This lesson deepens in the various pathology issues found at representative residential and church religious buildings through 360°, pathology-focused, virtual tours that the learner has already come across with their inside and outside.

3
Glossary

This lesson is a recap of the terms of buildings' pathology accessed so far in a playful manner.

4
More sources

In this subsection, and in each other with the same indication, bibliographic and other online sources are listed as well as suggestions for further investigation and reasoning.

4. Your city!

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Preservation

This lesson is a wrap up of all the previous lessons, and at the same time, it constitutes an introduction to the preservation of various heritage values of Ohrid. To do this, it takes the well-preserved church of the Holy Mother of God Peribleptos as an example. The lesson presents the church through interactive 360° virtual tour and explains the cultural heritage values it encapsulates.

2
Which building would you save first?

The lesson's main title aims to engage the learner in the decision-making process of how we could rescue buildings of a city with a pathology degree. It is not easy, and it is not a one-way process.

3
Young guides of Ohrid

This lesson targets one of the outcomes of this learning course about a city's natural and cultural heritage. At this point, the learner can creatively reflect on what she has already accessed as information so far by also using the provided digital tools.

4
More sources

In this subsection, and in each other with the same indication, bibliographic and other online sources are listed as well as suggestions for further investigation and reasoning.

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Enrolled: 10 students
Lectures: 16